Every community is defined by the values of the majority of the people who live there and what they consider to be acceptable community behavior and content - whether through public advertising, magazines displayed in local stores, types of stores allowed or events held. Legally these allowa…

After more than three quarters of a century of life, raising five children and currently raising two grandsons, we have learned a couple of “truths” along the way. One of those “truths”, is there is a distinct difference between needs and wants. Most of the time our financial decisions were …

The Times News has displayed an appalling amount of ignorance in their editorial entitled, “Our View: Sage Grouse Require Tough Decisions” and has done a great disservice to the state’s citizens, elected officials, and agency employees who have devoted thousands of hours to conserving sage g…

I am a happily retired teacher from Minidoka County School District.  Every morning I awaken with a smile.  I am grateful for my many years of teaching and all the fulfilling experiences I had with the students.  Teaching and learning are a passion of mine.  My morning smile is even wider wh…

On May 12th and 13th, the Rupert Country Club and Minico High School had the opportunity to host the 2A Idaho High School Golf Championships.  The event was a tremendous success because of the great community support we received.  I would like to thank the following for their sponsorship and…

I would like to thank Cassia Regional Medical Center Physical Therapy Department, and our Burley medical community for volunteering their time to perform screening athletic physicals for the youth of our community.

On behalf of the City of Burley and the Burley Area Action Team (BAAT) we would like to express our sincere appreciation to all those who participated in the City Clean Up on Saturday May 17.  We would especially like to thank the following local businesses and civic groups for their support…

Words cannot express my thanks and appreciation for all the support that I received from the Minidoka County community. Those associated with me and my campaign for Minidoka County Sheriff did their best to run an efficient and clean campaign. It was my privilege to meet a lot of great peopl…

I recently ran into a family friend who told me the saddest story I had heard in a very long time.  Apparently she had visited her father’s grave at Pleasant View Cemetery in order to leave some flowers there.  She told me her father always loved flowers and had passed that same passion and …

Contented cows, and silly science.  Remember when fairy tales used to begin with “one upon a time?”  For the most part, these stories were meant to make us feel good.  The newest fairy tales often begin with words such as “climate change, man-caused global warming.”  These stories are intend…

I have had the honor of working with Lt. Chris Jensen for the past 15 years at the Cassia Sheriff’s Office.  During that time I have found Lt. Jensen to be an honest, hard-working, dedicated person.  He has been the type of Deputy that listens to all people involved and makes decisions based…

For close to 8 years I was fortunate enough to experience leadership and mentoring from Chris Jensen in a professional setting, as well as a friendship that developed from that.  I worked with Chris in law enforcement and as fellow Deputy I watched the way he did his job.  I noticed that he …

I am a licensed veterinarian who currently serves as president of the Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine.  During my practice, I have seen several horses that have had their mouths damaged, some permanently, by lay “dentists”.  In Idaho, only licensed veterinarians or properly trained and su…

As we come down the homestretch of the Minidoka County Sheriff campaign I have had many of you make contributions to my campaign through monetary donations, your time and words of encouragement.  Your support is greatly appreciated!  Through this process you all have made one thing clear to …

I would like to say thank you to the people that helped us on Saturday, April 5th at the Century Cinemas.  I suffer from medical issues that make it difficult to get out.  While leaving I lost my balance and fell causing my husband to also fall.  Before he could even get up, let alone get me…

The Mini-Cassia Friends of NRA Committee would like to thank everyone that supported our 2014 banquet and auction whether you attended, donated or underwrote items or purchased raffle tickets. Thanks to your support we have been able to, once again, host a successful fundraiser.  

How often do you get a chance to see and hear a person of national fame at the King Fine Arts?  We’ve lived here for six years now and are constantly amazed at the caliber of talent that comes to the Magic Valley! Especially to our Mini-Cassia area. Mr. and Mrs. Workman have worked very hard…

I would like to take a minute or two to express an opinion about the truck & a car on either other side of Overland. We see them at different spots on said street. I understand about free speech, but you people are taking it a little too far, (and you really need to look up the words for…

Once again the Minidoka County School District has overlooked a great opportunity in choosing a new superintendent.  Two highly qualified candidates that applied for the position are from this area. They raised their families here.  Their children attended Minidoka County schools and their f…

I would like to take a minute or two to express an  opinion about the truck  &  a car on either other side of  Overland. We see them at different spots on said street. I understand about free speech, but you people are taking it a little to far, (and you really need to look up the words …

Last week I had a problem interacting with a certain department within the State of Idaho.  After several calls to the department I finally contacted my local State Senator, Fred Wood.  Senator Wood contacted me and clarified my situation and within hours I received a phone call from somebod…

I, Theresa Forthun, Cassia County Chief Deputy Clerk, had a sound off article printed in the previous edition of the Weekly News Journal.  I wanted to clarify, along with my signed name, that the opinions expressed are the personal opinions of Theresa Forthun.  Content published was not revi…

“As trustees of the Cassia County School District, we would like to take the opportunity to express our appreciation to the patrons of Cassia County for their support of the recent Supplemental Levy. This levy has been a vital portion of the general fund since the 1970s. These dollars are di…

This letter is addressed to the people responsible for the “hate truck” that

The Cassia County Sheriff’s Office is working diligently to keep and promote safe schools.  Even before the incident at Sandy Hook Elementary, our staff had already begun teaching active shooter scenarios in the Cassia County Schools.  It is our intention to heighten the awareness of teacher…

To: The Producer Director, Musical Director, Stage Set, and Sound People, Costume Supervisor, the Orchestra and absolutely everyone who had anything to do with the production of Les Miserables at the King Fine Arts Center.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!  What a superb performance by ever…

On Tuesday Cassia County Patrons will have the opportunity to cast their vote to renew the Supplemental Levy that has been in place for more than 40 years. The amount is $744,244 per year. Monies from the levy are used specifically to help support school budgets and instructional materials, …

With all my heart I agree that government schools are making it harder for parents to be involved in the education of their children.  Teachers are also being sidelined.  More and more they are expected to work as on a production line.  The system seems to treat the children ever more as pro…

My name is Caleb Arnell from Troop 25 and i am apologizing for my complaints against our school lunches. At the time we were talking and joking about it but didn’t want to cause any harm. It isn’t the schools fault.  2 years ago we had a thing called Healthy Choice Bar and we could eat all t…

When the wicked rule, the people morn, and why do they morn?  They don’t have the moral courage to maintain their freedom.

We are excited to host Idaho Secretary of State Candidate Phil McGrane this coming Saturday, January 25, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at Morey’s Steak House for an informal “meet and greet” for all our Cassia and Minidoka County friends.

Thank you to the Mini-Cassia businesses who donated to the 23rd Annual Idaho Transportation Department Employee Charity Christmas Party and Raffle.  This was another fundraising effort by the employees.

Are you prepared for each ride you take?  As you prepare for each ride you take, keep the Boy Scout Motto ‘Be Prepared’ in mind.  Be ready for anything that might happen on your ride.  Is your snowmobile in good repair?  Has it been fueled and oil added?  Do you have a spare belt and spark p…

My name is Jessie Lentini. You would be hard pressed to find many 20 year old men who are as patriotic as I am. I come from a long line of military history, with a grandfather serving in The Marine Corps in Vietnam, and a brother serving in Iraq, and Afghanistan. I am writing to express my c…

There were many helping hands that contributed to the success of lighting of the square, the chili feed and the Rupert volunteer Firemen and the awesome fireworks show, held in Rupert on November 29th.  The City of Rupert delivered their magic when Santa switched on the lights heralding the …

There were many helping hands that contributed to the success of lighting of the square, the chili feed and the Rupert volunteer firemen and the awesome fireworks show, held in Rupert on November 29th.  The City of Rupert delivered their magic when Santa switched on the lights heralding the …